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(New York Times) When the Heavenly Mountain Resort in Lake Tahoe, Nev., wanted to promote its ski passes this season, it bypassed the usual advertising media like billboards, radio and print ads and instead chose a truck filled with snow cones driven by two improv actors to publicize its message.
For Heavenly, the idea to distribute snow cones from a truck was simple: “We’re going to give you a little bit of the mountain,” said Michael Chamberlin, the executive vice president and director of client services at BBDO San Francisco, which created the campaign for the resort.
That strategy — pairing a brand’s message with of all things, a food truck — has been increasingly employed in recent months, with major advertisers using trucks as rolling sandwich boards while advertising agencies issue the call to independent food truck operators to participate in brand-sponsored events. Read more.